DigitalGlobe Taps Boeing Launch Services to Launch WorldView-2

DigitalGlobe Taps Boeing Launch Services to Launch WorldView-2


Longmont, CO, April 16, 2008 – DigitalGlobe, provider of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that it has chosen Boeing Launch Services for the launch of WorldView-2, DigitalGlobe’s third remote-sensing satellite. WorldView-2 will offer the industry’s highest collection capacity, more frequent refresh and revisit rates, more spectral information and greater imaging agility. WorldView-2, a next-generation system being built independent of a U.S. Government contract, is currently scheduled to launch in mid-2009.

“After the successful launches of QuickBird and WorldView-1, Boeing was the obvious and natural choice for the launch of WorldView-2”, said Jill Smith, DigitalGlobe president and CEO. “We are thrilled to now have the first available launch slot for WorldView-2, the next satellite in our expanding constellation of sub-meter commercial imaging satellites. Boeing’s track record gives us the greatest confidence in another successful launch.”

A Delta II expendable launch vehicle will transport the WorldView-2 satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. DigitalGlobe’s launch of the WorldView-1 satellite on September 18, 2007, from Vandenberg AFB marked Boeing’s 75th consecutive successful launch of a Delta II rocket.

“Boeing Launch Services is pleased to be working with DigitalGlobe in launching the WorldView-2 satellite as their business continues to grow and prosper within the commercial satellite imaging market,” said Boeing Launch Services President Ken Heinly. “The continued reliability of our Delta II rockets will ensure another successful launch for both Boeing and DigitalGlobe.”

WorldView-2 will offer the highest collection capacity of half-meter world imagery (975,000 square kilometers per day) providing a substantial step in meeting the demand for geospatial content in the growing commercial markets that include online portals and consumer navigation. WorldView-2 will provide eight bands of multi-spectral for life-like true color imagery and greater spectral applications in the mapping and monitoring markets. The added spectral diversity will incorporate the industry standard of four multispectral bands (red, blue, green and near-infrared) and will also include four new bands (coastal, yellow, red edge, and near-infrared 2).